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Dr Christina Schori Liang


Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Emerging Security Challenges Programme; Terrorism and Organized Crime Cluster Responsible


Christina Schori Liang has been working in the field of security policy for the past 20 years. She began her career at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington D.C., and in 1996, moved to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy where she became engaged in information management and research. In 2007, she started teaching for the GCSP’s core training programmes.

In 2012, she became the Co-Director of the New Issues in Security Course (NISC) and from 2013 – 2016 she was the NISC Director. She is currently leading the terrorism and organised crime cluster at the GCSP. She also designs and directs courses on “Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism” and on “Securing Global Cities.” Dr. Liang has lectured at universities, military academies and international organisations in over 20 countries on subjects related to countering violent extremism, terrorism, transnational organised crime and new and emerging security challenges.

Dr. Liang was an Adjunct Faculty member for Boston University from 2008-2013 where she taught a course on International Security. Dr. Liang’s academic work has been featured in academic journals and in global news outlets. Dr. Liang obtained her BA in Political Science from Hope College, USA, and holds a DES (Master’s Degree) in International History and Politics and a PhD in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.


Liang, Christina Schori, “The Criminal-Jihadist: Insights into Modern Terrorist Financing,” Strategic Security Analysis - 2016 n°10, August 2016.

Liang, Christina Schori, "2015 Global Terrorism Index: measuring and Understanding the Impact of Terrorism." Institute for Economics and Peace. 2015 p. 76-80 

Liang, Christina Schori, "Cyber Jihad: Understanding and Countering Islamic State Propaganda" GCSP Policy Paper 2015/2

Liang, Christina Schori, “Shadow Networks: The Growing Nexus of Terrorism and Organised Crime”: GCSP Policy Paper 20, November, 2011.

Liang, Christina Schori, “Schattennetzwerke: Der Wachsende Nexus von Terrorismus und Organisierter Kriminalität, GCSP Policy Paper 20, November, 2011. GCSP Policy Paper 20 - Deutsch.pdf (952.2 kB)

Liang, Christina Schori (ed.) Europe for the Europeans: The Foreign and Security Policy of the Populist Radical Right (London: Ashgate Publishing, 2007), 318 p.